Our vision for your school
Students who enroll at Sky Islands join an academic community and are expected to take part in that community respectfully and apply themselves responsibly to academic work. Students should be prepared to be physically active in our field work projects and intellectually challenged in our classrooms.
All Sky Islands’ students take a demanding sequence of core classes in math, science, social studies, and language arts. Electives are open to all students in grades 10-12. Upper division classes in lab sciences and honors programs are available based on eligibility to those students who meet or exceed the academic and behavioral pre-requisites. Our classes are aligned with Common Core and AZ State Standards, and integrated across the academic disciplines by grade level. Expectations are high, but achievable, and students are held personally responsible for their levels of performance.
Our students go on from here to a 4-year or 2-year college, into apprenticeships in the skilled trades, and directly into the workforce or military service. We encourage you to take part in a site visit and to realistically appraise your student’s needs and interests against Sky Islands’ practices and principles.
Dr Shari Popen, Founder and Director